How I became a Freemason by members of The Lodge of Happiness
Many Freemasons start their Masonic journey in a similar way – through friends or relatives, people they know and trust. Whatever your route into Freemasonry, you can be reassured that you are entering a productive, fulfilling and supportive society. Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest secular fraternal societies, a community of like-minded men from all faiths and backgrounds who follow a moral and ethical approach to life. It reinforces thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things.
Here are a few examples from our members of how they became a Freemason and started their own Masonic journey:
1) My curiosity was aroused by an article in the press. I did some poking around on the internet for information on how to be a Freemason and made enquiries through a website. After explaining a bit about myself and why I wanted to join the Masons, I was contacted by a member of the Lodge. He ran through the process which seemed straightforward. A couple of social functions with other Lodge members and their families was followed by a chat at home with my partner and I to make sure we were happy for me to proceed. Finally, I had an interview at the Lodge rooms and I was on my way to becoming a Freemason. Brother GS
2) My first experience of Freemasonry was being invited by a primary school friend to a Masonic Lodge’s Christmas Party. My enduring memory is of downing copious amounts of jelly and ice cream whilst watching Harry Corbett and Sooty preforming. This was preceded by Harry Corbett waving Sooty’s wand and saying ‘This is mystic!’ The other memory is of a number of portly, white haired, cigar smoking gentlemen, benignly circulating amongst the audience. My subsequent experience as a practising Mason has rendered this stereotypical impression as a bit wide of the mark! I joined after reading an article in the Observer Colour Supplement where a former Mason ‘revealed all.’ This only served to whet my appetite to disccover more about Freemasonry. Brother AS
3) I was helping a colleague in Round Table to mark out the main display ring at the local showground. He was wearing a tatty old pair of white gloves. When I remarked on them, he explained that, as a Mason, he wore white gloves as part of his Lodge regalia. He added that if I was ever to consider becoming a Mason, he would be pleased to support my application. ’I will even give you these gloves as well if you like!’ He said with a big grin. Since we shared the same sense of humour and, more importantly, the same values, I eventually approached him with a view to becoming a Mason and the rest, as they say, is history. Brother AC
4) I became a Freemason because I was scouted by someone I greatly admired, trusted and wanted to emulate. When he asked my wife at a BBQ if she thought I would be interested, she was cock-a-hoop! Her dad was a Freemason of long standing, so she knew the benefits it could bring to me as a person. She was adamant that it would be a great thing for me to undertake, knowing the benefits I could reap as an individual, knowing that becoming a Freemason would help a good man become better. I honestly don’t think I have seen her so excited, apart from when we went to buy her engagement ring! This was further reinforced by her parent’s advice. So four of the most important people in the world to me had told me it was a good thing to do. I opted to join, not really knowing what was involved or what I was letting myself in for, just trusting the judgement of those around me who cared about me the most. Brother DM